Judo ace Chris realises his London dream

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ROYAL Marine Chris Sherrington – from Arbroath’s 45 Commando – has been selected to represent Great Britain in Judo at the London Olympic Games, when he will compete in the men’s +100kg category.

Currently ranked 52nd in the world, Sherrington, aged 28, will be the first heavyweight in 20 years to represent Great Britain at any Olympic Games.

Originally from Billinge but now living in Broxburn, West Lothian, Sherrington is currently on a full-time judo sports draft, training at Ratho near Edinburgh.

He joined the Royal Marines when he was 17 years old and started his competition judo career at 21.

He qualified for the British trials that year and by the end of the competition was ranked third in Britain.

The Royal Marines became aware of his triumph in Judo and the next year offered Sherrington a full time sports draft.

With only six months full-time training under his belt he competed again at the British trials, winning it and becoming the best +100kg judo player in Britain.

Sherrington was three times GB champion and two times British Open champion and continued his impressive performance with the Royal Marines and Royal Navy continuing to support him on his sports draft.

He continued to hone his skills before an unfortunate spell of injury, when he spent most of 2009/10 recovering from four operations.

However, in November 2011 Sherrington took the Gold medal at the World Cup in Samoa, which qualified him for selection to be considered for the 2012 London Judo Olympic Team.

Sherrington said: “I’m naturally delighted to be selected for the Great Britain Olympic judo team for 2012.

“This is the best achievement of my career in judo and will surely be an experience I’ll never, ever forget.

“I’ve been building up to this with high hopes for eight years so it’s an amazing feeling for the dream to come true.”